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Large-eddy simulations over Germany using ICON: a comprehensive evaluation

Heinze, Rieke; Dipankar, Anurag; Henken, Cintia Carbajal; Moseley, Christopher; Sourdeval, Odran; Trömel, Silke; Xie, Xinxin; Adamidis, Panos; Ament, Felix; Baars, Holger; Barthlott, Christian; Behrendt, Andreas; Blahak, Ulrich; Bley, Sebastian; Brdar, Slavko; Brueck, Matthias; Crewell, Susanne; Deneke, Hartwig; Di Girolamo, Paolo; Evaristo, Raquel; ... mehr

Abstract (englisch):
Large-eddy simulations (LES) with the new ICOsahedral Non-hydrostatic atmosphere model (ICON) covering Germany are evaluated for four days in spring 2013 using observational data from various sources. Reference simulations with the established Consortium for Small-scale Modelling (COSMO) numerical weather prediction model and further standard LES codes are performed and used as a reference. This comprehensive evaluation approach covers multiple parameters and scales, focusing on boundary-layer variables, clouds and precipitation. The evaluation points to the need to work on parametrizations influencing the surface energy balance, and possibly on ice cloud microphysics. The central purpose for the development and application of ICON in the LES configuration is the use of simulation results to improve the understanding of moist processes, as well as their parametrization in climate models. The evaluation thus aims at building confidence in the model's ability to simulate small- to mesoscale variability in turbulence, clouds and precipitation. The results are encouraging: the high-resolution model matches the observed variability much ... mehr


Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Forschungsbereich Troposphäre (IMK-TRO)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2017
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.1002/qj.2947
ISSN: 0035-9009, 1477-870X
KITopen ID: 1000066084
HGF-Programm 12.01.02; LK 01
Erschienen in Quarterly journal of the Royal Meteorological Society
Band 143
Heft 702
Seiten 69–100
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